Limited Excess Property

  • Young girl from Tanzania wearing a pair of eyeglasses with the help of LEPP donations.

  • Group of people from Nicaragua wearing masks and holding basic hygiene kits with the help of LEPP donations.

  • Dr. Jazzmin Soriano examining pediatric patient and patient’s mother.

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The Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP) provides Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) access to federal surplus property to support their humanitarian and development projects abroad. LEPP utilizes an innovative model of recovery and reuse of surplus property to support various development projects that promote sustainability in USAID partner countries. A main function of LEPP is to help ensure that the transferred property is appropriate for the intended use and is safely utilized by the program’s development partners.

LEPP also supports U.S. public diplomacy efforts by providing donations on behalf of the American people to communities in need. The program helps our current partners build productive and collaborative relationships with host-country government institutions, the private sector, and civil societies. This strengthens the relationship between the people of the United States and the developing nations where LEPP programming is implemented.


Since 1987, USAID’s LEPP has leveraged approximately $1 billion worth of federal surplus property to help build and strengthen local capacity in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin American, and the Caribbean.

LEPP partners have used federal surplus equipment and supplies to outfit hospitals, clinics, group homes, infant feeding centers, colleges, vocational facilities, and schools. In doing so, partners have augmented the impact of their development projects in the communities they serve. Furthermore, USAID Missions have utilized property acquired through LEPP for disaster response, capacity development, and to support local programs.

How the Program Works

USAID has special authority under Section 607 of the Foreign Assistance Act to provide Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who are recognized as Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) access to the excess property programs of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services.

LEPP collaborates with the GSA and DLA to provide PVOs and USAID Missions access to quality government surplus property. All surplus property is vetted prior to acquisition. The Department of Defense, federal agencies, and state agencies are given priority when acquiring property for reuse.

Categories of property ordered through the program include:
  • Agriculture Equipment
  • Appliances
  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Computer Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Dental Supplies and Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Generators
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment
  • Personal and Baby Items
  • Safety and Rescue Equipment
  • Tents and Tarpaulins
  • Vehicles

Annual Transfers

In FY 2020, LEPP successfully transferred over $30 million worth of surplus property to 18 countries where USAID provides aid and development assistance. Surplus property worth $9,384,419 was transferred to the Bahamas, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Jamaica, and Peru. Asia received $13,160,966 worth of surplus property, which benefited rural communities in Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Eastern Europe received surplus property amounting to $255,506, which benefited underserved families in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. In addition, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia received ophthalmic instruments, equipment, and supplies valued at $7,656,995 to assist visually impaired patients and those who suffer from eye ailments.

Pie chart showing percentages of the over $30 million worth of federal surplus property transferred in FY 2020: Europe (1%), Asia (43%), Africa (25%), and Latin America/Caribbean (31%)]

How to Participate in the Program

In 2020, LEPP successfully completed a competitive application cycle where 16 organizations were selected to participate in the program out of 31 total applicants. The next application cycle is slated for 2023. Organizations that are interested in applying to LEPP in 2023 must meet the Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) self-certification criteria and complete and submit a PVO self-certification form as part of their application package. (Please note: the PVO self-certification form will not be available until the next application cycle.) Completion of this form solely indicates that the organization meets the conditions as a PVO. 

Please note that there are additional criteria for acceptance into LEPP.  Specific application instructions will be found with the RFA when it is posted. For more information, contact the LEPP Team at LEPP@USAID.gov.

Resources

Federal Transportation Programs

The following programs provide funding support for shipping federal surplus property.

Federal Surplus Property Programs

Below are links to federal surplus property databases as well as federal supply codes.

News and Updates

For LEPP updates, program impacts, and success stories, please see the LEPP FY 2020 Annual Report and LEPP Quarterly Newsletter.

Connect with Us

Interested in learning about LEPP’s work? Email us at LEPP@usaid.gov

LEPP is managed by USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), which is part of the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation’s Local, Faith, and Transformative Partnerships (LFT) Hub.

Last updated: May 03, 2021

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