Shortlisted nominations are: Beer Men’s Shed, Wild Woodbury, East Budleigh Village Green, Beer Women’s Institute, Colyton and Colyford Memory Café , Axewoods Cooperative, Sidmouth Plastic Warriors, and Bat Friendly Beer.
The Acland Award takes its name from Brigadier Acland, who played a pivotal role in the designation of East Devon AONB in the early 1960s.
The award, which depicts a bronze buzzard, was designed by local artist Emma MacFadyen.
The AONB marked its 50th anniversary in 2013 and the award has been presented annually ever since.
Its purpose is to recognise ‘examples of excellence and exemplar activity taking place in and around the AONB’.
The partnership says the award seeks to focus on a new area of activity to highlight the range and diversity of projects taking place.
Previous winners have included Deer Park Hotel, near Honiton, Lower Bruckland Nature Reserve and Woodbury Community Orchard.
Last year’s winner was Axe Vale and District Conservation Society.