Cogswell Benevolent Trust Grant

Cogswell Benevolent Trust

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Community Services

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: United States

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Note: The Trustees of the Cogswell Benevolent Trust meet monthly. Proposals may be submitted at any time; there are no deadlines or funding dates. 

A Brief History

Leander A. Cogswell was born in Henniker, NH on March 4, 1864 as the middle son of three to David Warren and Eliza (Sawyer) Cogswell. After attending local schools, he spent most of his life, starting at an early age, in the shoe business in Manchester.

During these years Leander lived in Manchester but spent every weekend at his Main Street home in Henniker. Careful of his ease, he donated a generous sum for improving the road from Weare. This was one of the first of his benefactions.

Among his business associates was his engineering foreman, Elmer Nichols, who - keenly alert to the needs of shoe manufacturing - invented a skiving tool satisfactorily used for trimming leather to a uniform thickness. The two men combined to promote the productive use of the tool leasing it to other shoe factories. Hence the evolution of the acronym LACENE from L.A. Cogswell and Elmer Nichols, engineers. When Nichols died around 1900, Leander purchased the patent from Elmer's widow to control the lucrative business. Thus, Leander became one of the wealthiest of Henniker citizens and a great benefactor interested in improvement of the town.

He was a lifelong resident of Henniker where he died on September 9, 1928. His will established the Cogswell Benevolent Trust with the appointment of 3 trustees on November 6, 1929. From that date onward, the Trust has operated and continues to operate under Leander's original wishes as expressed in his will to the present day.

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  • Grants supporting:
    • 501(c)(3) organizations
      • Valid, tax-exempt organizations regardless of purpose
      • Non-profits
      • Non-profit or not-for-profit entities that have a charitable or educational purpose
    • Public Agencies
      • Educational, religious, fraternal organizations that serve the public without restrictions
    • Other Charitable Institutions
      • Any organization that has as its primary objective to offer aid, assistance, education, or the betterment of public resources
  • Usually, the established program must be located within the State of New Hampshire. However, limited funds may be available for out of state projects. 
  • Unless it is an emergency, it is the Trust’s policy not to make grants to the same organization in succeeding years.


  • Requests to fund general operating or start-up expenses, feasibility studies, endowments, conferences, produce films or videos, or to eliminate deficits are rarely considered.
  • Nor is it our goal to become a permanent source of support for programs.


This page was last reviewed July 09, 2019 and last updated July 09, 2019