Grant Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the Vermeer Charitable Foundation. Before you complete the grant form, please check the following guidelines. We're certain you can understand that many more requests for funds are received than we are able to grant.

Over the years we have developed a philosophy of considering requests by the following criteria (These are criteria, considering each request for its individual merit, how it resonates with the VCF's passions and goals, and taking into consideration the more global business focus of Vermeer Corporation.):

-Grants are made to non-profit organizations, not individuals or endowments, primarily in the Pella area and other communities from which our team members commute.  This may include organizations that have an association with our product lines - both industrial and agricultural.

-VCF supports select Christian, faith-based and educational causes. 

-VCF does not offer grants for on-going operational budgets - preferring to gift in the area of special projects or programs.

-One proposal per year, per organization, will be eligible for consideration by the Directors. This should reflect the needs of all groups within your organization for the next year.

-No additional proposals should be submitted by an organization currently receiving funding from a multiple-year pledge.  Your organization will again be eligible to submit a new or additional request once the pledge is completed.

-Team member serve/mission trips are no longer considered due to the increased number of the trips taken as well as the VTO policy to help team members take part in such events.

-VCF supports other select causes that reflect the collective passions of the Vermeer Charitable Foundation, comprised of Vermeer shareholder family members.

-Finally, our consideration for gifts will be based on anticipated impact supported by measurable outcomes.

If you feel your organization would fit within the scope of our philosophy as listed in the criteria above, please send a letter or e-mail briefly describing your organization's request to the address below and asking for login information to access the actual grant form.  For legal purposes, the Foundation must have documentation of an organization's exempt status - such as 501(c)3 - on file. 

The directors of the Vermeer Charitable Foundation meet three times a year for the purpose of reviewing and providing grants.

Important dates for 2020:

Foundation Directors' Meeting - January 31, 2020 (all grant application materials must be received by January 2, 2020)

Foundation Directors' Meeting - May 26, 2020 (all grant application materials must be received by April 28, 2020) 

Foundation Directors' Meeting - October 16, 2020 (all grant application materials must be received by September 4, 2020)

Additional documentation may be sent to:

Vermeer Charitable Foundation
Attn: Tricia Vermeer
1210 Vermeer Road East or PO Box 200
Pella, IA 50219
[email protected]