Arts Council funding unlikely

Had some bad news with regards Arts Council funding for an exhibition. The application form stipulates that the key criteria for eligibility is that the project must be of benefit to the public. Thought i would have a good case in this respect, as my intention was to make Granddad's paintings freely available to any organisation that can put them on display. I had arranged to visit a couple of the proposed venues next week, but having just got off the phone to the helpline it seems my application wouldnt be considered on grounds that no new piece of art is being created. Bit annoyed that none of the guidance notes mentioned this.