Community groups will be able to apply for council funding to help them deliver improvements to local roads under a scheme launched near the South Coast.
East Sussex County Council launched the initiative with its highways contractor Kier this month.
It will match funding raised by local communities for work such as creating new footpaths, installing drop kerbs, and solving local drainage problems.
Councillor Carl Maynard said: “As the highways authority, we are responsible for the bulk of highways maintenance and improvement and that won’t change, but there are additional services we have the skills and desire to provide, but for which we don’t currently have space in our budget.
“This is about ensuring we use our limited resources to achieve the greatest impact for communities, by helping them to deliver services which will be of real and lasting benefit to them.”