This year's scheme saw more than 200 bodies apply for beacon status in ten key service areas, including better local public transport provision, housing renewal and sustainable tourism promotion.
Eight applicants have been shortlisted in providing better local public transport. These include Brighton and Hove City Council, Transport for London and the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.
Bodies shortlisted for beacon status in promoting tourism include Alnwick District Council, the London Borough of Greenwich and the Broads National Park Authority.
Applicants awarded beacon status for round five will be announced in April 2004.