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.
Deadlines for Application: February 4, 2019 and July 1, 2019
How to Apply
Email Jennifer Stewart with a brief description of your project. 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 a week prior to the deadline. Any requests after that time will not be considered.
Ainsley’s Angels – $4,700 for acquisition of Axiom Conversion Race Stroller.
ABLE Community Based Services – $4,500 for a workshop lighting repair and replacement.
Okeene Elementary School – $5,000 for adaptive equipment for the classroom and playground.
Salina Public Schools – $4,600 for equipment for a sensory room and therapy equipment.
Southmoore High School – $6,300 for development and implementation of Creative Connections, a service learning project to develop relationships and improve job readiness skills.
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
- 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 Rosena-Rucker@ouhsc.edu.