Opportunity Details

Arts & Culture
Families, Low-income communities

Age Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age:18+

Volunteer Grant Writer

Our Organization

5th Element Center for Dance is a nonprofit dance studio that provides dance, academic, and social emotional resources to youth in Aurora, CO with no cost barrier. Our mission is to foster personal & artistic development through the hip hop arts for youth to grow into compassionate, knowledgeable, and expressive artists who are connected to themselves & their communities. We envision a society in which the waves of culture and the arts have uplifted the expression of the most historically silenced people. 


We are looking for dedicated grant writers to join our community at 5th Element Center for Dance. You will be responsible for gathering documentation and fulfilling the necessary requirements of various funding bodies to formally seek funding on behalf of the organization. This involves researching funding opportunities from organizations whose grants match with our organization’s mission & vision and writing coherent, organized, and compelling proposals.

If you love fundraising and enjoy conducting research and creating narratives, we encourage you to apply.


  • Prepare proposals by determining concept, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals

  • Meet proposal deadline by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and transmittal

  • Develop proposal by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance, and evaluation

  • Write, revise, and edit drafts including executive summaries, conclusions, and organization credentials

  • Prepare presentation by evaluating text, graphics, and binding and coordinating printing

  • Maintain quality results by using templates; following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone; maintaining proposal support databases

  • Obtain approvals by reviewing proposal with Executive Director

  • Improve proposal-writing results by evaluating and re-designing processes, approach, and coordination

  • Research and initiate relationships with new prospective funders 

  • Write letters of inquiry and solicitations 

  • Match prospective funding sources with institutional priorities

  • Verify that proposals have been received and that appropriate follow-up has occurred  

  • Submit project revisions to funders as necessary

  • Cultivate relationships with foundation representatives to ensure foundation giving


  • Excellent written communication skills and research skills

  • Ability to understand the needs of both 5th Element Center for Dance and funding organizations

  • Great organizational and computer skills

  • Ability to understand and execute complex instructions

  • Deadline- and detail-oriented

  • Bachelor’s degree is English, Journalism, Communications or Marketing preferred

The grant writer/researcher position with 5th Element Center for Dance is voluntary without remuneration.

For more information, please contact Janei Maynard at janei@fifthelementdance.org

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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2020

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