The Donna Nigh Foundation

The Donna Nigh Foundation

About the Donna Nigh Foundation
In 1985, friends of Donna Nigh formed the Donna Nigh Foundation as a birthday present and in recognition of Mrs. Nigh’s commitment and work on behalf of the state’s developmentally disabled residents, a cause she has championed since 1968. Since its inception, the Donna Nigh Foundation has awarded grants helping thousands of Oklahomans and their families. Many of these grants providing funding for adaptive equipment for individuals in private residences, group homes and schools with the goal of helping these individuals be as self-sufficient as possible.

The Donna Nigh Foundation was established to serve as a bridge between the public and private sectors to help with programs that government agencies are unable to provide. The Donna Nigh Foundation works closely with state agencies to provide a network of support. The Donna Nigh Foundation provides adaptive equipment that allows Oklahomans with developmental disabilities to push their boundaries and gain independence.

Grants for Organizations


  • Applicant must provide direct services to individuals with severe to profound intellectual and or developmental disorder (IDD).
  • Organization must be located in the state of Oklahoma.
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, an accredited public or private school or other publicly-supported agency.

Grants up to $8,000 will be awarded.

Eligible for Funding:

  • Environmental and Recreational Adaptations
  • Classroom Cognition & Developmental Equipment
  • Sheltered Workshop Equipment and Activities

The Donna Nigh Foundation will not accept grant applications requesting funding for special events or capital/maintenance improvements.

Deadline for Application: July 9, 2018

How to Apply
Email Jennifer Stewart with a brief description of your project after April 1.  If your organization and the project fit the criteria, you will be sent an access code and link for the online application.  The request for the link to the online application must be submitted no later than July 3, 2018.  Any requests after that time will not be considered.

► 2017 Grants
Council for Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ABLE) – $3,600 for a concrete porch ramp and patio.

Hefner Middle School – $2,200 for classroom updates for alternate seating and lighting, new social studies and science curriculum and iPad cases and screen protectors.

Home of Hope, Inc. – $3,000 to help upgrade Friendship Homes in Delaware County.

Kingston Public Schools – $7,642 for Riley’s PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Superheroes) program including iPads, programs for speech and cognitive thinking, sensory room and cognitive skills materials.

Project CEEP – $4,952 to implement an adaptive seating system.

Santa Fe High School – $7,777 for new equipment for the Active Learning (AL) approach.

Show Inc. – $6,449.71 to purchase an Adult Day Overhead Lift.

Sooner SUCCESS – $6,722.30 to purchase new equipment for the Active Learning (AL) approach.

Special Care, Inc. – $7,700 for physical, occupational and speech therapy equipment.


Grants for Individuals


  • Applicant must have a diagnosis of a severe to profound intellectual and/or developmental disorder (IDD) and a need that is unmet by government or private sources.
  • Applicants can be of any age.
  • Applicants must reside in the state of Oklahoma.
  • Because there are limited funds available, applications are evaluated and grants will be made where there can be the most impact. Financial need must be documented.

Assistance Provided for Adaptive Equipment (Not Services) Such as:

  • Aids for Daily Living
  • Mobility Seating/Positioning
  • Classroom Learning Cognition & Developmental Equipment
  • Environmental Adaptations

Please Note:

  • One-time grants up to $2,500 will be awarded.
  • Grants are not guaranteed.
  • Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis and recipients will be notified once a decision is made.
  • Grants are paid to vendors or nonprofit agencies, not individuals.

How to Apply
Contact Rosena Rucker with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. You can reach Rosena at