The Donna Nigh Foundation

The Donna Nigh Foundation

Summer Grants | Grants for Individuals

An older woman and man interacting with children
Former Governor and First Lady of Oklahoma, George and Donna Nigh on a recent visit to Woven Life, a local nonprofit offering development programming for children ages 0-5 and recent grant recipient of 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: June 1

How to Apply
Email us 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.

2021 Summer Grants

Coffee Creek Riding Center – $700 to purchase new riding equipment that will help children with disabilities to be more secure and safe during therapeutic riding lessons.

Building All Children – $4,800 to provide adaptive equipment for a new calming sensory room where children and families can receive developmental assessments, learn about the role the senses play in children and develop skills to build success in daily life.

South Central Industries – $8,000 to support their Better Together campaign with the purchase of adaptive technology designed to help individuals with special needs become more independent as they manage warehouse fulfillment services.

The Arc of Oklahoma – $2,000 to purchase adaptive toys and furniture to create a space where children and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities can increase and practice their social skills in a safe and sensory-friendly environment.

The Right Path Riding Academy – $8,000 to purchase a MiraColt that will help increase class sizes and allow participants who might be too afraid, unstable or out of weight ratio participate and receive the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.

Beyond the Spectrum, Oklahoma – $6,400 to provide new adaptive equipment for their sensory gym to help foster an inclusive environment for children of all abilities.

Little Light House, Inc. – $3,400 for furniture and therapy items to be used by occupational, physical and speech therapists to support early intervention and help students age 0-6 with special needs learn, grow and develop.

Grants for Individuals


  • Applicant must have a diagnosis of a severe to profound intellectual disorder (IQ 70 or below) 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