Two Dacorum charities were given £1,000 boosts at the High Sheriff’s annual awards ceremony in County Hall.
The grants were handed out to Dacorum Community Trust, which supports families affected by illness, disability or loss of work, and Sunnyside Rural Trust which offers work opportunities for those with learning difficulties.
Dacorum Community Trust’s Margaret Kingston said the grant was especially welcome at a time when so many people are coming to the charity for help.
She said: “We will have seen nearly 500 people come to us over the last year and it is wonderful to be recognised for the work we are doing.”
The money will be spent helping people who either are or have been in prison and their families, by buying work equipment for ex-offenders, or birthday presents for children who may have a parent in jail.
Sunnyside Rural Trust will be using their grant to pay for fencing as part of an appeal to rehome 350 battery chickens.
Chief executive Keely Charlick said: “This will make a huge difference to us, and the High Sherriff Arabella Stuart-Smith has been so supportive and enthusiastic about our work. It is a real honour to receive the recognition.”