A housing scheme is being expanded to provide up 2,000 new homes for rent.
Housing minister Alex Neil says the National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative will create 1,000 more homes than originally planned.
Councils will be given the opportunity to participate in a further round of the scheme, which is designed to kick-start work on mothballed building sites.
A variation of the scheme will also be developed specifically for housing associations.
The current scheme - which was set up with the aim of providing 1,000 homes for rent - has attracted interest from the sector, with more than 20 developers invited to put forward detailed plans for 50 potential sites across the country.
Mr Neil said: “We will also be developing a variant of NHT tailored specifically to the housing associations. They are key players in the supply of affordable housing in Scotland and have a strong role to play in ensuring that the clear benefits delivered by the NHT approach continue to be maximised.”
The NHT is a joint partnership scheme between councils, developers, the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish government.
Eleven different local authorities are involved in first phase of the scheme:
- Aberdeen City Council
- City of Edinburgh Council
- Dumfries and Galloway Council
- Dundee City Council
- East Lothian Council
- Falkirk Council
- Glasgow City Council
- Highland Council
- Midlothian Council
- Scottish Borders Council
- Stirling Council