A public vote will decide which community projects in Perth and Kinross deserve funding.
The “X Factor” approach has been hailed as the ultimate in local democracy, placing decision making firmly in local hands.
“It is an opportunity for local groups to consider what local people are looking for,” said Councillor John Kellas.
Leading the way in “participatory budgeting” is the Highland and Strathtay Action Partnership.which is calling for local groups to bid for funding of up to £1,500.
The cash is available for community groups in the areas of Pitlochry; Aberfeldy; Stanley, Luncarty and Bankfoot; Dunkeld and Birnam.
Local community groups can apply for funding to carry out projects tackling the issues of employment and employability, social isolation, community transport, and activities for young people.
Successful bids will be chosen by a public vote which will take place at a community fun day at the Birnam Institute on Saturday March 25 next year.
“Groups have to think local and think about the costs of what they want to do,” said Mr Kellas, who represents Strathtay ward.
“It is a great opportunity for local communities to decide what they are looking for as priorities.
“It is also an opportunity to get together and present to their peers what they are looking for.
“The public vote takes place and we see what are the greatest priorities.”
Mr Kellas said it was even useful to projects which don’t win public backing as they have a chance to rethink and revise their plans.
The Highland and Strathtay Action Partnership aims to tackle inequalities and is a collaboration between local community representatives, Perth and Kinross Council, NHS Tayside, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and other public services.
Similar opportunities will be made available soon to communities in other parts of Perth and Kinross and will be announced on the council website.
The other four community planning patnerships are Perth city; Kinross-shire, Almond and Earn; Strathearn and Strahallan; and Eastern Perthshire.