Services carried out

  • Bid Writing / Review
  • Grant Funder Research


Pro Corda Trust employed the services of consultants Charity Fundraising Ltd to undertake a fundraising drive which resulted in £132,194 raised from a number of grant providers.  

Pro Corda is one of Europe’s leading music organisations, operating the International Chamber Music Academy for young musicians. An educational charity established in 1969, its mission is to provide musical training for a wide range of people through ensemble training and performance specialising in chamber music. It was reconstituted as a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2006 and now has a trading arm. The home of Pro Corda is the historic English Heritage site Leiston Abbey on the Suffolk coast.

Pro Corda’s activities include a Nationwide Chamber Music Festival for Schools and dedicated performing arts “Create Together” courses for young people with special educational needs (SEN).

We obtained funding for ‘Performing Arts & Life Skills through Ensemble Training.’ This was a unique and innovative course designed to progress the communication and social skills of children with a range of difficult and complex needs, including children; with autism; from deprived or difficult backgrounds; with other communication or social difficulties; with a range of disabilities; making the difficult transition from a Special Educational Needs environment to open society. These children experience exclusion and isolation: their difficulties with communication, self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem prevent them from participating in normal childhood activities, including the many after-school activities that more fortunate children take for granted.

Whilst Charity Fundraising Ltd mainly focussed on children with special needs, we also achieved funding for bursaries, outreach work to local schools and Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival. Our fundraising consultants worked with Pro Corda to prepare applications which achieved £132,194 in revenue funding. Successful applications included grants from the Big Lottery Awards for All, BBC Children in Need, the Equitable Charitable Trust, CHK Charities Ltd, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund and Youth Music.