The small businesses in downtown Raton have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. At least 80% of our small businesses in downtown have had to close their doors due to the fact that they are not considered essential in this time of crisis. Most of them are sole proprietors and this is their only source of income. We need to assist them with small micro-grants so that when this storm blows over they will be able to remain in business. Raton MainStreet is focusing on the Economic Vitality in our Downtown MainStreet District by creating a "Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Fund" that will leverage multiple revenue sources to capitalize the fund.