Public Programs Permits

Plan your next event, program, exhibition or activity on Governors Island! 

The Trust for Governors Island offers 150,000 square feet of indoor space in former officers’ homes and over 40 acres of outdoor space free of charge to any organization that creates programming that is free and open to the public during GI’s public season through the OpenHouseGI program.

For programs that are free and open to the public, no site fees are required. Organizations must fund their own programs as The Trust has no programming budget. All organizations follow the same open and inclusive process when applying for a permit. The Trust invites every organization to apply and will speak to all organizations that submit a permit. 

Due to the high level of interest from organizations, permits for art installations/exhibitions may have to undergo additional review processes.

Please note:

  • All applicants will be charged a $26 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted a permit. 
  • Event dates and locations are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork has been received, signed and approved.
Sample Events that would require a Public Programs permit:
  • Indoor exhibitions
  • Public/free festivals
  • Outdoor installations
  • Educational programming

Key Dates

Logistics and details of public programs are often complex. All applications must be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the planned event or activity. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

All Completed Applications are Approved
February 17, 2017
Site Visits Begin
March 20, 2017
Public Season Begins
May 1, 2017
Public Season Ends
October 1, 2017

Available Hours

Organizations are invited to propose programming on any public day. In 2017 the Island will be open to the public from May 1 to October 1. 

Monday - Friday
10 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday
10 am - 7 pm

Available Spaces


Fill out the Public Program Permit application available below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis however all applications must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the planned event or activity. Once your permit has gone through the initial review process, TGI staff will be in touch to discuss your application within two (2) weeks.


Additional paperwork, deposit and site fee are required to complete the permit application. GI staff will request the applicant to submit the below items:

  • Certificate of Insurance that meets TGI’s requirements 
  • Signed Permit Addendum document (provided separately)
  • Operational Plan (if applicable, outline provided separately) 
  • Security Deposit (TGI will let you know the amount within (2) weeks)

Once your permit has been approved TGI will reach out to discuss next steps, including scheduling a site visit/tour, and if applicable, confirming dates and locations/space assignments for the 2017 season.

Apply Now

If you are not yet a registered user, you will be prompted to sign up before you can fill out the application.

Register & Apply For Permit


Have more questions before applying? Read through these FAQs, or check out our Rules and Regulations.

The Trust for Governors Island is not responsible for any events that take place at the National Park Service Monuments, if you would like more information about hosting an event at Fort Jay or Castle Williams, please contact the National Park Service at or call 212.825.3045.

Event dates cannot be placed on hold until the initial review process has begun. Event dates and locations are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork/site fees have been received, signed and approved.

There are no site fees for events/programs that are free and open to the public. Events that are ticketed, charge admission or take place after or before public hours are subject to site fees. These fees will be determined based on event location and attendance.