Limited Excess Property Program

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The Limited Excess Property Program provides Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) access to federal surplus property to support their humanitarian and development projects abroad. Federal surplus property is made available through the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services' excess property programs. LEPP utilizes an innovative model of recovery and reuse to support a variety of development projects that promote sustainability in developing countries. 


Since its inception in 1987, USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP) has leveraged more than half a billion dollars’ worth of federal surplus property to help build and strengthen the local capacity in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 

LEPP partners have used federal surplus equipment and supplies to outfit hospitals, clinics, group homes, infant feeding centers, 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.


Currently, LEPP collaborates with 23 PVOs, alongside 31 USAID Missions and three U.S. Embassies. In FY 2018, LEPP successfully transferred close to 52 million dollars’ worth of federal surplus property to 19 developing countries. Surplus property worth $33,847,392 was transferred to Latin America and the Caribbean. Asia received $10,558,026 worth of property, most of which was transferred to Manila in the Philippines. Eastern Europe received $1,546,694 to benefit populations residing in rural areas in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. Due to LEPP PVO partners’ increased health partnerships in Uganda and Tanzania, Africa was the recipient of much needed medical, dental and ophthalmology equipment totaling $5,973,168.

018 Excess property totals by region: Europe 3% $1,546,693, Asia 20% 10,558,026, Africa 12% 5,973,167, Latin America Caribbean 65% 33,847,391. Total 51,925,279


LEPP supports locally-driven development endeavors, emergency aid, and rehabilitation efforts, in addition to promoting U.S. international public diplomacy through productive partnerships with host governments and local institutions. 
LEPP partners acquire the federal surplus property through hundreds of GSA and DLA property holding locations worldwide. Although the humanitarian aid and development projects vary greatly in size, the impact of the surplus property is very significant. For example, this past year dozens of laptops were transferred through LEPP to 10 education municipalities in Nicaragua. Today, these laptops coordinate the education of more than 11,000 students and 525 teachers.

Property donations through LEPP were utilized to furnish a new eye surgery center in Dodoma, Tanzania. The center is the only hospital that offers comprehensive eye services in the entire Dodoma region which is home to over two million residents. In Guatemala, donated surplus medical equipment and supplies were used to augment the operations of three of the busiest hospitals in the region; San Juan de Dios National Hospital, Jalapa National Hospital, and Chiquimula Regional Hospital. These hospitals were provided with beds, lab supplies, dialysis units, anesthesia units, and surgical lights. Today, San Juan de Dios National Hospital provides dialysis treatment to 50 people each day and is one of only three places in the entire country where patients can receive dialysis, which is one of the most significant medical needs in Guatemala. 

Diesel engine generators, freezers, tents, blankets, beds, cots, sheets, and everyday utensils accessed through LEPP were transferred to Antigua/Barbuda, Dominica and St. Lucia to aid communities affected by the recent natural disasters and humanitarian crisis. Moreover, tents, generators, and portable medical equipment acquired through LEPP are used to set up mobile healthcare clinics to offer viable options for treating vulnerable communities in remote areas in Guatemala and Uganda. For more LEPP updates, program impacts and success stories, please see the LEPP FY 2018 Annual Report.


To apply to LEPP, an organization must meet USAID's PVO self-certification criteria. Organizations applying to LEPP must complete and submit a PVO self-certification form as part of their application package. Completion of this form solely indicates that the organization meets the conditions as a PVO. Please note that there are additional program requirements in the LEPP application.


Certified PVO submits an application by the participation request deadline.


Technical Evaluation Committee reviews and makes a final decision on each application. PVO receives a notification of approval or denial.


Approved PVOs sign official Transfer Agreement with the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA).


Approved PVOs participate in LEPP's 607 Determination training via webinar. Program participation is contingent upon obtaining an approved 607 Determination from the country to which you plan to transfer surplus property.


Attend mandatory in-person training in Washington, D.C.

For more information on program participation and the 607 Determination process, please email the LEPP team at

Last updated: August 09, 2019

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