Posted time September 9, 2022


Guiding Eyes Outdoors (GEO) is a registered 501(c)3 organization that provides life-changing outdoor adventures to those in need throughout North Carolina. We proudly serve military veterans, first responders, the blind and visually impaired, and children that have lost parents during service to our country and their communities. Our goal is to provide a platform whereby individuals who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors can be paired with those willing to assist and teach them. We facilitate mentorships that are mutually beneficial to both parties.

Job Description Summary:

The primary role of the Grant Writer/Researcher is to research, develop, write and submit proposals, letters, reports and other materials as necessary to secure grant support from foundation, corporations and government funding sources. The Grant Writer must be a skilled facilitator, capable of articulating institutional objectives to funders. A high degree of creativity, energy and initiative is required. Primary responsibilities include prospect research, preparation of original proposals and reports, and donor stewardship and the management of a high volume of annual foundation donors. The Grant Writer must work cross-departmentally to increase contributed support and advance institutional priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Must be able to juggle multiple projects and meet strict deadlines.

Basic Function and Responsibilities

  • Research Funding Opportunities
  • Investigate and identify prospective funding sources through colleagues, directories, periodicals, and internet research
  • Research and initiate relationships with new prospective funders
  • Write letters of inquiry and solicitations
  • Match prospective funding sources with institutional priorities
  • Prepare and Submit Applications for Foundation, Corporate and Government Funders
  • Draft compelling grant proposal narratives for general operating and restricted project grants; assist
    with drafting corporate proposals as needed
  • Work cross-departmentally to assemble and submit applications by due date
  • Verify that proposals have been received and that appropriate follow-up has occurred
  • Work with staff to ensure grant-funded projects are on-track and that obligations are fulfilled within the terms of the grant agreement
  • Submit project revisions to funders as necessary
  • Prepare and submit reports for funders according to contractual obligations
  • Work cross-departmentally to collect statistical information, press, exhibition catalogues, and images
  • Work with appropriate staff to prepare financial reports according to funder guidelines
  • Assemble and submit reports by due date
  • Ensure hard files and donor records are accurate and up-to-date with recent correspondence and submissions
  • Assist with stewardship and fulfillment on an as-needed basis
  • Cultivate relationships with foundation representatives and current donors to ensure foundation giving
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Seeking Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, writing or similar field
  • Possess three to five years of institutional fundraising experience with an emphasis on proposal development, grant reporting and donor relations required.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong presentation, communication and organizational skills.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Accuracy in written correspondence, record keeping and ability to work under deadlines is critical
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents and instructions
  • Excellent grammar and strong research skills
  • Ability to calculate figures and construct grant budgets
  • Must be highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple deadlines