We have just heard from Pearson Brothers that the order for our daughter's Electric Wheelchair is going through. This is such wonderful news because we’ve been battling for so long for so much. It’s such a huge help. What a wonderful charity that’s helped my disabled daughter. What a lovely start to the day for us. A million thanks. The Puma Pro 40 will really change her life. We will send some photos of her when we go to the Isle of Wight in September so you can see her out and about on holiday. 

Mr R
Father of recipient of grant for electric wheelchair

Barry T. Jones Fund - Charitable, Independent Schools

Under the terms of Barry Theo Jones' Will, a fund has been established to provide grants to Charitable Independent Schools, engaged in Secondary education, within the City and County of Bristol.

The late Mr Barry T Jones (1922-1991) was headmaster of the former Avonhurst School, Clifton Down, Bristol. Bristol Charities invites applications from schools, not individual pupils.


The following terms of reference apply:

  • It is an annual competition for grants up to £15,000.
  • Schools will be expected to demonstrate that they have identified match funding from school or other sources.
  • Schools may submit more than one application, up to a maximum of three.
  • Schools are encouraged to be imaginative and creative in their applications.
  • Grants are not intended as school bursaries or to provide incremental additions to school premises or equipment.
  • Bristol Charities anticipates that the grants will bring "added value" and make an identifiable difference.
  • Schools may identify a group or child with exceptional talent or needs, for whom they wish to establish funding. This might include the improvement of facilities for children with sight or hearing impairment.
How to Apply: 

Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 Barry T Jones Grant Giving period. Please click the link below to be taken to the online portal, where you will be asked to enter your e-mail address and create a password. Please follow the subsequent instructions to complete the form and submit to us for review:Barry T. Jones Online Application Form

Please note that grant funding will be, in most cases, made to the educational or religious establishments.

To give you an idea of the types of things we award, these were the grant award made in 2017/18 to the following schools:

1. Redmaids High School 

Steel Band - Awarded £3,027

The project will encourage pupils who do not take part in musical activities. The will now be able to purchase Steel Pans and Samba instruments to run a new group aimed at getting more girls involved in extra-curricular music. The group will be accessible to everyone, particualy creating opportunities for those who do not play orchestral/"traditional instruments. 

2. Queen Elizabeth's Hospital - Awarded £5,500

Trailblazers Project - A conference for aspirational young women in Bristol 

The Trailblazers project will launch by celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage. The conference programme will offer a number of development workshops that address challenges that girls face throughout the course of their early careers. The workshops will explore typical challenges facing women in business and identify relevant and practical solutions. 

3. Bristol Grammar School - Awarded £10,000

Great Hall Audio System

BGS has one of the largest first floor Halls in the UK. It is the heart of the school where full and house assemblies are held, lunch is provided to all students and many other school events are held. Many charity and outreach events are also held in the Great Hall. With the high vaulted ceilings, the space suffers from poor acoustics and so the school are going to upgrade the AV system for the benefit of all users especially children who do not hear as well as others.

The new system is extremely discrete in this listed building and will be a major benefit for all users of the Hall especially children and older people who do not hear as well. Events such as the Quartet Charity Annual Celebration, St Peter's Hospice Christmas Market, Bristol Open Doors Day, Bristol University Graduation Ceremonies, British Junior School Chess Championships and Remembrance Ceremonies are held in the Hall to mention a few as well as School events.