The Donna Nigh Foundation

The Donna Nigh Foundation

Spring Grants | 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 30

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.

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.

2020 Summer Grants

A New Leaf, Inc. – $6,000 to purchase acoustic panels to reduce the noise level and create a calmer environment for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Coffee Creek Riding Center – $940 to purchase new riding equipment that will help children with disabilities to be more secure and stay balanced during therapeutic riding lessons.

D-DENT – $1,200 to provide spin brushes and one-on-one training on utilizing the brushes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Faith 7 Activity Center – $3,000 to purchase a new ADA-compliant washer and dryer for their clients to wash towels, washcloths, clothes, dish towels and reusable face masks.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Oklahoma & North Texas, Inc. – $4,500 to purchase and install two new handicap accessible doors for their Duncan retail store.

Little Light House, Inc. – $7,200 for vision, speech, occupational and physical therapy equipment to support early intervention and help students age 0-6 with special needs learn, grow and develop.

Special Care, Inc. – $8,000 for nature-inspired play equipment to enhance children’s experience in their education garden and trails.

The Right Path Riding Academy – $8,000 to support horseback riding and cart-driving lessons to help individuals with disabilities improve their educational, social and cognitive development.

Townsend Elementary/Mid-Del Schools – $2,100 to install sensory paths in the school and grounding baskets in each classroom to promote quicker recovery from trauma or stress and increase cognitive ability and decision making.

Wings, a Special Needs Community – $4,000 to purchase new adaptive bicycles, computers and classroom screens to enhance students’ physical and educational experience in their Day Program.

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