Brighton Women's Centre has been awarded £30,000 to help women offenders to turn their lives around.
The grant from the Ministry of Justice match-funded a previous grant from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.
Centre managers say helping more women to access support services can stop them from offending in the first place or going on to reoffend.
The most inspirational women gathered in Reading last night - for the Women of Achievement Awards.
The event, which is in aid of the Sue Ryder charity, celebrates the courage and success of women from all walks of life.
Among the winners was a woman from Berkshire who has dedicated her life to providing free horse riding lessons for disabled children.
Mel Bloor reports.
Women from across the Thames Valley who've made their mark in the community have been recognised at a special ceremony.
The Women of Achievement Awards, which is in aid of the Sue Ryder charity, celebrates the success of women in every area from business to sport. The event was co-hosted by rower and Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger.