Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. has stopped its financial support of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

According to the Journal Star, the company cites the BSA's policy banning openly gay adults from participating.

Last month, the BSA voted to end its ban on openly gay members under the age of 18. The organization, however, will continue to prohibit openly gay adults from participating in the Scouts. The new policy takes effect on January 1.

Spokeswoman Rachel Potts, however, said that the decision wasn't directly connected to the policy shift. Potts said that the Illinois-based company decided to end funding in the course of reviewing a request for $25,000 that came in last year from a local scouting troop in Illinois. The Caterpillar Foundation, the company's charitable arm, has given money in the past to local scouting groups.

“We have inclusive policies here at Caterpillar Inc., and the foundation abides by those,” Potts told the AP. “We just don't feel that our two organizations align.”

“However, if there's a change in the Boy Scouts policies, we would certainly consider a change in the future grants – if there was a change that aligned with what our non-discrimination policies are.”

BSA spokesman Deron Smith said the organization was “disappointed in this decision.”

(Related: Southern Baptists criticize Boy Scouts' decision to allow gay scouts.)