The Tryall Fund was formed in the early 1960s as a vehicle through which members and friends of the Tryall Club could contribute to the community health, education and welfare activities in the Parish of Hanover, Jamaica. In the early years the Fund provided assistance to many organizations, schools and individuals providing staffing, equipment and monetary gifts.
In early 2006, under the leadership of John Kearney and Mike Boyd, a major computer laboratory was built in Montego Bay. The Tryall Fund was the lead donor, contributing $200,000 U.S. dollars toward building the lab. It is located at Corinaldi Primary School, which serves 3,000 students. The computer center, which opened in 2007, was proceeded by a smaller computer lab located at the Tryall Club, which served primarily students in Hanover Parish.
In November of 2008, the Tryall Fund saw a dramatic change in focus under the leadership of President Terri McGraw. She immediately increased the board size and created a working board, eliminating previous administrative costs. The new board felt one of the most pressing problems facing Jamaica was the failure of the education system to produce literate citizens. By focusing on the youngest in society, the Fund could make the greatest impact on the future of the Island. The Fund narrowed its focus and began a major initiative, Success by Six, developing a model pre-school literacy program reaching children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers.
In addition the Board expanded the scholarship program to make accountability and educational achievement easier to track. Recently, the scholarship program was reorganized, opening it up to anyone as long as they are sponsored by a Tryall Fund employee.
In 2009, the first and now annual signature fundraising event, “A Taste of Tryall”, was held. The event has showcased the culinary cuisine of Tryall Villa Chefs and netted over $110,000 U.S. dollars in its first year.