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.

Deadlines for Application: July 1, 2020

How to Apply
Email Sharon Astrin 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.

2019 Spring Grants
Deer Creek Schools Foundation – $4,536.45 for assistive technology that will help students with disabilities participate and communicate in a classroom setting.

Home of Hope, Inc. – $5,582.80 to purchase adaptive equipment to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities become more self-reliant and independent.

iCan Shine, Inc/iCan Bike OKC – $1,500 to provide up to 10 scholarships for individuals to attend iCan Bike OKC, a week-long day camp where they learn to safely ride a traditional two-wheel bicycle.

KidsAlive! – $3,500 to provide a dance floor for the students enrolled in the KidsAlive! all abilities theatre and dance classes.

Mid-Del Group Homes, Inc. – $2,000 to convert the workshop to LED lighting, boosting morale, providing clearer vision, improving quality of production and providing a long-term savings to the agency.

Team Hoyt Oklahoma – $4,675 to purchase a running wheelchair, providing the opportunity for physically and/or mentally disabled Oklahomans to participate in running races.

2019 Summer Grants
A New Leaf, Inc. – $6,551.39 to upgrade their computer lab with new furniture and technology to better accommodate their clients.

Ability Connection Oklahoma – $4,900 to provide speech devices to 15 non-verbal individuals with disabilities to enable communication and enhance education.

Center of Family Love – $4,040 to purchase equipment for a new pottery studio that will offer a creative workspace where individuals with disabilities can learn to work cooperatively.

D-DENT – $1,200 to purchase 300 specially designed adaptive spin brushes for individuals with developmental disabilities so they can achieve better oral health.

Faith 7 Activity Center – $6,000 to purchase 15 new support chairs for their workshop so seating meets the appropriate needs of their clients.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Oklahoma & North Texas, Inc. – $4,000 for five new convertible touchscreen laptops for their Adult Day Service facility in Lawton, Okla.

Newcastle Public Schools – $3,820 for adaptive technology to help improve the reading, writing and communication skills of students with intellectual disabilities.

Play for Burk Foundation – $6,080.50 for outdoor sensory supplies and playground adaptations to make Bartlesville Public Schools a friendlier learning environment for children with special needs.

The Little Light House – $7,500 to purchase assistive technology to equip teachers at The Little Light House with the best tools to teach children with speech delays and physical and visual impairments.

Wheatbelt Ambucs, Inc. – $8,000 to purchase a wheelchair glider as part of Kingfisher’s Playground of Dreams specifically designed as an all-inclusive playground where children and adults of all abilities can play.

Wings, a Special Needs Community – $8,000 for kitchen appliances to furnish the Wings Transition Room where adults with developmental disabilities can learn valuable life skills in a real-world setting.

2020 Spring Grants
Ainsley’s Angels of America – Northern Oklahoma Chapter – $2,700 for the purchase of new adaptive racing chairs (Chariots) to allow more athletes with special needs to participate in races and endurance events.

Central Oklahoma Camp and Conference Center – $6,000 to create permanent pathways on the campgrounds, providing universal accessibility for all attendees.

Home of Hope – $4,000 to purchase a powered base sit to stand lift.

Shawnee High School – $6,365.75 to purchase adaptive equipment for their physical education program.

Washington Irving Parent Teacher Organization – $6,300 to purchase a variety of adaptive equipment allowing elementary students to increase their physical and cognitive participation in the classroom.

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.

One-time grants up to $2,500 will be awarded.

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