You can apply for the Street Arts & Spectacle Project Award. The purpose of this award is to support ambitious, high-quality, stand-alone initiatives that specifically deliver a presentation to or an engagement with an audience or public. You can find out more about this here (http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Street-arts-and-spectacle-project-award/)
Yes, although they might not earn income continuously or exclusively from their arts practice, applicants must identify themselves and be recognised by their peers as professional practising artists.
No. You can apply to Culture Ireland, the national body for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide. You can find out more about Culture Ireland and funding opportunities here (http://www.cultureireland.gov.ie/)
You can apply for the Travel and Training Award. Among other things, this is intended to enable artists to undertake international travel to develop their arts practice through once off training opportunities. Details of the award are http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Travel-and-Training-award/
Each award and scheme has its own set of guidelines. Within the guidelines document in each case, the process for assessing and adjudicating on applications is set out under Section 3, 'Processing and assessment of applications'. For general information about the Arts Council's mission and overall strategy, we advise that you look at the Arts Council Strategic Statement (http://www.artscouncil.ie/uploadedFiles/Developing-the-arts-strategic-statement-2013-english.pdf